Poker Streamers You Should Know and Watch

Poker Streamers You Should Know and Watch

Some of the most popular poker streamers on Twitch.

Recently, PokerNews took a look at some of the most popular poker vloggers out there posting their content on YouTube. In this piece, we highlight some of the most popular poker streamers of the day as well as some of the most promising up-and-comers in this department.

Putting their daily internet poker grinds on display live for all to see, many players have followed in the footsteps of the "Godfather of Twitch Poker," Jason Somerville, who was one of the first to build a huge community on the free live streaming platform. Some, like Somerville, have amassed quite large followings, and Twitch poker has grown so much in the last few years that the annual GPI poker awards now include a "Streamer Of The Year" category.

Included among the nominees for 2018 were Jason Somerville, Jeff Gross, Lex Veldhuis, and Jaime Staples, the popular Dutch streamer Veldhuis taking home the trophy. While this bunch is certainly worth a subscribe, there are many more dynamic poker streamer personalities out there worthy of a follow.

If you’re looking for some great free poker content, we have a long starter list of some of the best streamers out there today. Be aware, this is not meant as an exhaustive list, and we will add to the collection of streamers to watch in the future, to keep you up to date.


Arlie Shaban

A poker streamer from Canada, Arlie Shaban‘s first claim to fame came in 2014 when he competed on "Big Brother Canada 2." Three years later, he started streaming his low-stakes online poker games and captured the spotlight after streaming for 1,000 hours over 125 consecutive days. This insane marathon finished with a 43-hour stream.

Last year, Shaban became an ambassador for Somerville’s brand Run it Up and in the latter part of 2018, he did a "Herculean Challenge from the Poker Gods" that landed him a $30,000 Platinum Pass from PokerStars. There are now 23,834 people who follow him on Twitch and you can watch his most viewed clip here: "We’re going to the Bahamas yes baby" (Dec. 25, 2018).

Twitch: ArlieShaban
Followers: 23,834 (March 29, 2019)
Social Media: Instagram / Twitter / Facebook

Ben "Spraggy" Spragg

Ben Spragg, a British online poker player, is one of the members of Team PokerStars Online. After graduating in 2012, he started playing poker and streaming on the internet. "Spraggy" isn’t only streaming on his own channel because together with his mate, Fintan "easywithaces" Hand, he also streams on the PokerStars channel.

Spragg started as a cash game player, but after grinding those tables he moved over to tournament poker. That is when he started streaming his poker sessions and gained popularity after winning a $7.50 tournament. Spragg now has 53,572 followers on Twitch and you can watch his most viewed clip here: "HOW DOES HE CALL WITH 9-7 suited" (May 24, 2018).

Twitch: spraggy
Followers: 53,572 (March 29, 2019)
Social Media: Instagram / Twitter

Bryan "bparispoker" Paris

On his own Twitch page, Bryan Paris tells his followers who he is: "I am a 31-year old professional tournament player who is originally from Menlo Park, California. I’ve been playing MTTs full time, mostly online, since 2007, and have accumulated the second most career cashes of all time. I currently live in Amsterdam with my wife Nicole, and our son, Alexander."

He shared with viewers his streaming plans: "I will mostly be playing the highest stakes online MTTs across all the sites I can access, providing commentary while doing so. It is also possible to invest in a piece of the action if you want to have a stake in the outcome. I plan on playing between 3-5 days a week almost every week, usually from around 11 am EST – 5 pm EST, but earlier on Sundays."

Twitch: bparispoker
Followers: 32,115 (March 29, 2019)
Social Media: Instagram / Twitter

Courtney "courtiebee" Gee

Courtney Gee is a full-time tournament poker streamer living in Vancouver, Canada and in this vlog, she tells more about her background:

Gee has over 38,000 followers on Twitch and her most popular clip can be viewed here: "Final Table $22 Deep Stack, $680 for 1st" March 11, 2017.

Twitch: courtiebee
Followers: 38,289 (March 29, 2019)
Social Media: Twitter / Facebook

Darius "KomodoDragonJesus" Wajda

Darius Wajda is a poker streamer from Canada, who started playing poker when he reached the age of 18. The cash game specialist started out playing sit-n-gos and moved on to cash games, and he plays limits of 100NL and 200NL and sometimes higher. He is up to more than 10K followers on Twitch.

Twitch: komododragonjesus
Followers: 10,071 (March 29, 2019)
Social Media: Twitter

Felix "xflixx" Schneiders

On his website, Felix "xflixx" Schneiders explains who he is: "I’m a long-time professional poker player on Team PokerStars Pro Online with expertise in cash games. My website provides you with poker videos, strategy tips, personal poker coaching and live poker training so you can start crushing the tables!"

He is closing in on 50,000 Twitch followers and his most popular video, "xflixx never celebrate too early" has almost 30,000 views.

Twitch: xflixx
Followers: 47,743 (March 29, 2019)
Social Media: Instagram / Twitter

Fintan "EasyWithAces" Hand

In his bio on the PokerStars Team page, we learn it all started for him with dealing poker: "From poker dealer to poker player, it didn’t take Fintan long to realize he could make more money on the other side of the table and since then, the man who goes by the moniker ‘EasyWithAces,’ has never looked back."

Fintan "EasyWithAces" Hand achieved his big dream of becoming a Team PokerStars Online player, and now has more than 46,000 followers on Twitch. The most viewed clip of his channel is a classic one, where he registered for a $530 tournament by accident.

Twitch: easywithaces
Followers: 46,749 (March 29, 2019)
Social Media: Instagram / Twitter / Facebook

Henri "Buehlero" Buehlero

Henri Buehlero is a popular poker player from Germany and he began streaming when he was playing low-stakes tournaments. He has since moved up in stakes, made some great runs and gained a good audience with almost 40,000 followers on his Twitch channel.

Recently, he caught some attention when he got a pretty insane bad beat in the $530 Bounty Builder.

Twitch: buehlero
Followers: 38,723 (March 29, 2019)
Social Media: Instagram / Twitter

Hristivoje "ALLinPav" Pavlovic

A few weeks ago, Hristivoje "ALLinPav" Pavlovic noted some great results, showing profits of over $80,000 already for 2019. Not bad for a guy that started out grinding at the lowest stakes just a few years ago… Also impressive, Pavlovic is up to more than 42,000 Twitch followers.

https://www.instagram.com/p/BvRaoxdDZif/

A couple of months back, "ALLinPav" got to announced yet another milestone in his young poker career — he signed with partypoker Team Online.

Twitch: allinpav
Followers: 42,290 (March 29, 2019)
Social Media: Twitter / Instagram

Jaime "PokerStaples" Staples

The 27-year old Jaime Staples is a Canadian poker player who streams around five days a week on his Twitch channel. Jaime is one of the most popular streamers on the internet with over 120,000 followers. One year ago, he and his brother Matt won a $150,000 weight loss/gain prop bet made with Bill Perkins, which further put him in the spotlight as he shed 100 pounds in a year.

Like some others, Staples has also made the switch from PokerStars online pro to Team partypoker Online. One of the most popular clips on his channel is called "Tonkaa.." that involved his fellow streamer slow-rolling him with pocket aces.

Twitch: pokerstaples
Followers: 120,881 (March 29, 2019)
Social Media: Instagram / Twitter

Jason Somerville

Jason Somerville was the first twitch poker streamer with 10 million views, earning him the nickname of The Godfather of Twitch Poker. Somerville built his community streaming near-daily for years at his channel, "jcarverpoker," but has since ported that over to his current channel, RunItUp, where he has over 225,000 followers.

While he no longer streams his online poker games on a regular basis, Somerville still does commentary and streams live feature and final tables from live events around the world, with his RIU brand partnered with PokerStars. He also heads up his sister channel, RunItUp 24/7 which provides some of the best streamed poker content around the clock.

Somerville’s most viewed clip is from when he registered the $10,000 SCOOP Main Event in 2017.

Twitch: runitup / RunItUp 247
Followers: 227,068 (March 29, 2019)
Social Media: Instagram / Twitter

Jeff Gross

Jeff Gross is a former member of Team PokerStars, recently joining up with Team partypoker’s online streamer battalion. Gross is a popular streamer and vlogger in the poker community, and has branded his stream channel, the "Poker Flow Show."

Gross still streams his mid and high stakes tournaments regularly when he’s not traveling around and documenting his adventures in vlog form.

On his website, he explains who he is: "I am a 32-year-old professional poker player from Ann Arbor, Michigan. Live between Miami, Las Vegas & Brazil. I started playing poker when I was 14, played Division 1 soccer at the University of South Carolina 2004-2008."

Gross boasts over 56K followers and one of his most epic streamed moments was ‘Jeff Gross’ friend celebrates too early’, which has been viewed by over 20,000 people.

Twitch: JeffGrossPoker
Followers: 56,263 (March 29, 2019)
Social Media: Instagram / Twitter

Jonathan Little

Jonathan Little is mostly known for his strategy sessions on Twitch. On his website, he explains what he’s been up to: "I currently split my time between New York City, Europe, and Canada. I am married to the wonderful Amie Broder, a lawyer from Brooklyn, New York. When I am in NYC, I spend most of my time with my son James, coaching students at PokerCoaching.com, writing poker books (so far, I have authored nine books, including the best-selling Excelling at No-Limit Hold’em) and cultivating my training site, FloatTheTurn.com. I enjoy working out, eating right, hiking, reading, and progressing in all aspects of life."

Little provides regular content dealing with poker and life strategy, but you’ll find the majority of it through his YouTube channel.

Twitch: JonathanLittle
Followers: 7,382 (March 29, 2019)
Social Media: Instagram / Twitter

Kevin Martin

A two-time contestant on Big Brother Canada, poker player Kevin Martin won the Season 5 televised competition in 2017 for $100,000. Before that, Martin had taken up poker and took to playing small stakes online while he learned the ropes. He got a spot on Team PokerStars Online in 2016 for his streaming popularity, and his poker career began to take off.

He left PokerStars a couple months back but is still an ambassador for RunItUp. People might know him from his ‘expert fold’ during a session on Twitch, which you can watch below.

In the past several months, Martin has parlayed his online success into live tournaments with $244K of his $282K total live earnings coming since the start of 2018. Last month, he won yet another:

https://www.instagram.com/p/BumKM4Sgdf2/

Twitch: kevinmartin
Followers: 82,531 (March 29, 2019)
Social Media: Instagram / Twitter

Lex "LexVeldhuis" Veldhuis

Lex Veldhuis, known by his moniker "RaSZi", been playing poker for over 15 years now. The member of the Dutch Poker Hall of Fame is also a member of Team PokerStars Online and is one of the most popular streamers of the day, capturing 2018 "Streamer of the Year" honors while also receiving nominations in "Commentator of the Year" as well as the People’s Choice Award in the same year.

Veldhuis made it to the highest stakes worldwide both live and online but when he started streaming his sessions on Twitch, he was completely focused on online tournaments. He now has over 150,000 Twitch followers. In September last year, he made a deep run in the WCOOP Main Event and his painful bust out is his most viewed clip on Twitch. Sorry for this, Lex:

Twitch: LexVeldhuis
Followers: 154,059 (March 29, 2019)
Social Media: Instagram / Twitter

Matt Staples

Just like his brother Jaime, Matt Staples competed in the $150,000 weight prop bet with Bill Perkins that saw the thin younger brother packing on the lbs. Staples is now a regular streamer on Twitch, quickly moving up the stakes, and has over 56,000 followers on his channel.

Six weeks ago, he became the first to join partypoker’s new Team Online.

Twitch: mattstaples
Followers: 56,306 (March 29, 2019)
Social Media: Twitter

Parker "tonkaaaap" Talbot

Canadian poker player Parker "tonkaaaap" Talbot was one of the most consistent and most popular streamers for years, but he recently announced plans to scale it back significantly.

While he may not be streaming as much as in years past, Talbot has nearly 100,000 followers, many of whom would be happy to see the comical Canadian make some returns to the Twitch streets from time to time. The most viewed clip on his channel is the one where he misclick-folded aces during the SCOOP.

Twitch: tonkaaaap
Followers: 95,020 (March 29, 2019)
Social Media: Instagram / Twitter

Ryan "Rschoonbaert" Schoonbaert

Along with the Staples brothers, Jeff Gross and Hristivoje "ALLinPav" Pavlovic, Ryan "Rschoonbaert" Schoonbaert also recently joined partypoker Team Online. The Canadian poker player is currently living in Calgary, Canada. He was playing live poker previously but is now making the transition to online tournaments including NLHE, PLO and O8 MTTs.

Twitch: Rschoonbaert
Followers: 8,134 (March 29, 2019)
Social Media: Instagram / Twitter

Tudor "scrimitzu" Stefan

Tudor "scrimitzu" Stefan isn’t the most familiar name regarding streamers but he’s becoming an inspiration for many via Twitch. On his channel, he shares his goals: "So this is it. This is my journey towards financial security, an apartment. Towards making me feel like I am actually worth something."

Stefan is also open about his personal struggles, and looks to the streaming community for support and purpose: "I strive to be as happy as possible and cheer people up, but because of my past I easily get depressed sometimes. One of my severe depressions made me quit streaming in 2016. We’re back now and I hope for good. I am also battling right now with bad eyesight, gastritis, being prediabetic, overweight and a knee with the broken ligament, tendon and meniscus. Who knows where this journey will take me. I need to find out and fight it out."

He is currently on the verge of reaching 10,000 followers on Twitch.

Twitch: scrimitzu
Followers: 9,935 (March 29, 2019)
Social Media: Instagram

Vanessa "VanessaKade" Kade

Just a few months ago, Vanessa Kade joined the ever-growing GGPoker Twitch legion. The Canadian poker player previously focused on live cash games but lately has made streaming one of her main priorities. Kade has over 13,000 followers on Twitch and one of her best moments was when she hit a straight flush.

Twitch: VanessaKade
Followers: 13,113 (March 29, 2019)
Social Media: Instagram / Twitter

Fernando "JNandezPoker" Habegger

Known for his pot-limit Omaha prowess, Fernando Habegger has recently returned to Twitch to stream his PLO games and offer some free training for viewers. "JNandezPoker" can be found streaming high-stakes PLO where he can find it, and has also been streaming PLO cash games on the newly launched RunItOnce Poker site.

Twitch: JNandezPoker
Followers: 17,842 (April 9, 2019)
Social Media: Instagram / Twitter / Facebook

Ryan Fee

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A member of Grind Nation and co-founder of the training site UpswingPoker, Ryan Fee has recently started streaming his high-stakes pot-limit Omaha pursuits online. If you’re interested in watching a top pro play some PLO, you might want to check out his channel. He’s gotten more than 6,000 followers thus far but that number is sure to soar if he keeps streaming consistently.

Twitch: RyanFeePoker
Followers: 6,262 (April 9, 2019)
Social Media: Instagram / Twitter / Facebook

ZerosPoker

Another streamer who has been playing primarily on RunItOnce and gaining popularity quickly is "zerospoker." This Spanish-speaking streamer says on his bio that he has been playing poker as his only source of income for eight years, and plans to continue to do so until he no longer enjoys it. He’s already up to over 10,000 Twitch followers.

Twitch: zerospoker
Followers: 10,763 (April 8, 2019)
Social Media: Twitter

Bill Perkins / Thirst Lounge

A bio of ThirstLounge creator Bill Perkins is provided on his Twitch channel: "American hedge fund manager, film producer, and amateur poker player from Houston, Texas. Perkins focuses on venture capital and energy markets. He founded Small Ventures USA, L.P in 1997 and later joined Centaurus Energy in 2002. He currently manages Houston-based energy hedge fund, Skylar Capital."

Perkins isn’t the only player who streams here though. In fact, earlier this year, he and some friends put together a stream team to alternate hosting duties to ensure a steady flow of content. The original "TL10" include: Ebony Kenney, Jon Pardy, Drew Gonzalez, Adam Klein, Cat Valdes, Justin "Train" Kelly, Kelly Minkin, Voislav Ivanovski, Matt Forsythe and Priestley Leng. The channel also has the support of partypoker, who signed on as the channel’s sponsor.

Twitch: thirstlounge
Followers: 24,348 (March 29, 2019)
Social Media: Instagram / Twitter / Facebook

No Limit Gaming

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No Limit Gaming, or "nolimit_gg", is another channel run by a group of players who trade off streaming high-stakes online poker. Included among the big name players who you can watch playing high stakes on the NLG Twitch channel are Fedor Holz, Stefan Schillhabel, Rainer Kempe, Manig Loeser, Niall Farrell, Josip Simunic, and Christopher Frank.

Recently it was announced that partypoker would be partnering with the group of high rollers to sponsor the channel for one year.

Twitch: nolimit_gg
Followers: 15,385 (April 8, 2019)
Social Media: Instagram / Twitter

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